Gotta fill an hour to get to the thirty seconds of the news we crave, so this week’s gimmick involved sending contestants out in pairs.
Scotty and Lauren put a wonderful touch on “I Told You So,” the great Randy Travis record covered by Carrie Underwood in 2007. proved one thing, though- he’s better than she is.
Then came Naima and Jacob, tackling Ashford and Simpson’s “Solid As a Rock,” proving that she is better than he is. But SHE winds up in the Bottom Three? Come on, America.
Then we got a reminder of why previous winner Fantasia has been so promptly forgotten. I remember thinking she was fairly deserving when she won, but she has developed a Macy Gray meets Georgia Engel squeak that sent me to the fast forward button.
Then it was time for Thia, Pia and Haley to swing through Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.” Anybody notice Thia didn’t get a verse to herself? Bad omen, as she got booted to the Bottom Three.
Then came the “band” made up of the remaining dudes. Not a good moment for Paul. McCartney, I mean, who had to hear his classic “Band On the Run” largely slaughtered. Contestant Paul was truly awful, Stefano not much better. Casey was more than adequate and James showed why he may just win this thing.
Then time to round out that Bottom Three with one of them. Whittled down to Stefano and Paul, I figured Stefano would take a seat.
But what do you know? America is wearying of Paul, just like I am. I knew that rasp would only snow people for so long.
`More filler time as Jamie Foxx and will.i.am wasted our time with a crappy performance of a crappy song from that crappy upcoming animated “Rio” movie.
(Animated movie time-out-- “Mars Needs Moms” is surprisingly great. “Rango” is okay, but too talky and outright scary for really young kids.)
Okay, bottom line. Naima and Thia go home. I would have liked seeing Naima for a few more weeks, but the voters essentially got this right.
NEXT WEEK’S STORY LINES: Can Paul fend off the ticking clock? Who else will start to wear out a welcome? Syrupy Jacob? Haley, who has been in the Bottom 3 twice? And can anyone rise to the consistency of Pia, Scotty and James?